WASC Accreditation

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation

What is WASC?

WASC is the acronym for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges(opens in new window), one of six regional organizations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.

At the institutional level, CSU, Chico is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

CSU, Chico and the WASC Cycle

CSU, Chico was last accredited by WASC in June 2009. WASC reviewed materials provided by the university and acted to reaffirm the accreditation (PDF) of CSU, Chico for a period of ten years.

WASC Institutional Review Process (IRP)

WASC’s current Institutional Review Process (IRP) involves an Offsite Review(opens in new window) by the evaluation team; and an Accreditation Visit(opens in new window) to the institution by the same evaluation team. These steps are followed by a Commission decision on the institution’s reaffirmation of accreditation.

Reaccreditation in 2019

Chico is organizing its reaccreditation process around the refresh of its strategic plan. The return of Gayle E. Hutchinson as President in July of 2016 heralded in a new era for CSU, Chico. The reaccreditation process is an opportunity to reenergize campus engagement with the issues of educational and institutional effectiveness.

This website will serve as the home for information and participation regarding the accreditation process. Please check back frequently to follow our progress toward successful reaccreditation.

Timeline and Upcoming Milestones

Timeline and Upcoming Milestones
September 25, 2018Institutional Report (PDF) due
December 4, 2018Offsite Review and Lines of Inquiry (PDF)
February 7, 2019Required Documents and Information due
March 5-7, 2019Accreditation Visit

Open Meetings

Open meetings with the WASC site visit team will be as follows:

  • Open Student Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 4:30–5:15 p.m. at Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek
  • Open Faculty Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 4:30–5:15 p.m. in Colusa Hall, Room 100 A/B
  • Open Staff Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 1–1:45 p.m. in Colusa Hall, Room 100 A/B
  • WASC Site Team Report: Thursday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. in Colusa Hall, Room 100 A/B

Additionally, those unable to attend the meetings can send emails with their thoughts directly with WASC confidentially to csuchico@wscuc.org  through March 7.

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